Department Highlights

Congratulations to the EOS class of 2021

05/24/2021
We congratulate our graduating EOS seniors! After completing a challenging year, the students took part in time-honored Tufts traditions like painting the cannon and receiving their personalized geologic hammers. We congratulate the students on their achievements and send our best wishes for the future.

Fall 2020 'Welcome'

09/08/2020
We welcome our new and returning EOS students, in-person or virtually. This semester will be different than previous years, but together we will meet the new challenges. We are excited to get back to geology!

GSA Career Newsletter

04/15/2020
Students and early career professionals: the Geological Society of America is offering webinars on career pathways in geothermal energy and the USDA Forest Service. Read the GSA's career newsletter to register and find other career resources.

Professor VanTongeren named Merrin Faculty Fellow

04/09/2020
We are happy to announce that Associate Professor Jill VanTongeren has been named the Merrin Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020. The Merrin Fund for Faculty Excellence supports faculty development in A&S, and was established by Ed and Vivian Merrin in 2006, who have a long history of generosity to Tufts. Jill is only the 5th Merrin Faculty Fellow at Tufts. We congratulate her on this honor.

Professor Kemp awarded NSF CAREER Grant

03/31/2020
We congratulate Professor Andrew Kemp on winning a CAREER Grant from the National Science Foundation. This highly prestigious award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. During his project, titled "Dynamic sea-level trends during the last two millennia," Prof. Kemp will use salt marsh sediment cores to study relative sea-level changes along the Atlantic coast of North America. His results will help inform projections of 21st century sea-level rise, and he will help promote science literacy through a collaborative art exhibition at SMFA that explores the causes and ramifications of regional sea-level rise.

EOS welcomes Jill VanTongeren

12/02/2019
We are excited to announce that Jill VanTongeren will be joining the EOS department this spring as an Associate Professor, after five years at Rutgers. She will be teaching courses on mineralogy and petrology and continuing her research on evolution of large magma chambers, which has taken her to South Africa and Antarctica.

EOS welcomes Dr. Noel Heim

10/18/2019
We're very pleased to announce that Dr. Noel Heim will be joining the EOS department this fall as a Lecturer in Paleontology and Historical Geology. Noel comes to us from Stanford University where he has been a Research Scientist and Instructor since 2012. We are excited for him to bring his expertise in invertebrate paleontology, evolutionary trends, and paleobiology.

EOS researchers show that sea level rise could be mitigated by aiming for a more aggressive global temperature target

01/08/2018
In a new study published in Environmental Research Letters, Tufts Earth and Ocean Sciences postdoctoral researcher Klaus Bittermann and Assistant Professor Andrew Kemp show that that aiming for a global average temperature rise just 0.5 degrees Celsius lower than the Paris Agreement target of 2 degrees Celsius would have significant impact on the preservation of global coastlines. Read about their research in Tufts Now.

Summer activities in the Garven Hydrogeology Lab

07/18/2017
In June, Professor Grant Garven was invited to give a keynote lecture on regional groundwater flow at the International Association of Hydrogeologists meeting in Calgary, Alberta. Grant discussed his recent research on helium migration through large faults in southern California.

Throughout July, Prof. Garven is conducting a hydro-seismology experiment with collaborators from Harvard University. Their goal is to monitor low-frequency acoustic waves produced by the migration of groundwater through fractured bedrock underlying the Medford campus.

In August, Prof. Garven and former student Jesse Starger will complete computational modeling studying of reactive flow and mineralization induced by the hydrothermal convention of seawater around black smokers along mid-oceanic ridges.